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Online Courses

Due to the Covid-19 crisis we have postponed all our day courses for the time being for your safety and well-being. We have launched two interactive online courses for Planning and Planting Borders and Introduction to Garden Design. These are now available to book on the website, costing £120 per course and include 6 weeks interaction with Caroline for feedback via a closed Facebook group. We would be delighted to upgrade those of you who have already booked day courses onto the online course equivalent with our compliments. Both of the online courses give you the opportunity to ask Caroline questions about your own garden with the support of Caroline’s professional advice and many years of experience.

Timetable 2020
"I wanted to say a huge thank you for the wonderfully inspiring 10 week Garden Design course last autumn."
Briony D

"I was looking for a career change after moving areas two years ago and from my first visit to the school I was impressed by the enthusiasm and professional approach of all involved. The course involves a balance of theory and teaching, with guest lecturers adding to Caroline’s core instruction, and practical work. Feedback from ‘real’ clients has been invaluable."
Dena W
"Thank you for a totally inspiring day. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and want to begin working on my survey, planting plans and mood board straight away. There is a whole lot to learn but instead of being overwhelmed I am very excited knowing that I can take my creativity and put it into a more structured plan to help move forward."
Anita C
"I attended your garden design day course last week and I just wanted to thank you for such an enjoyable and informative day. We both loved it and felt your amazing enthusiasm was deliciously contagious. Loads of ideas now buzzing around."
Rosalie A
"I just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed the last 10 weeks and how much I've learned from you and from the others on the course. I will miss Wednesdays at the gardening school but I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again at Malvern - and to turning my design into a reality in my own garden! And hopefully to steering my career in a totally different direction as a garden designer."
Carole N
“A belated but heartfelt thank you of the super day I spent at the school a few Saturdays ago! It was a real inspiration, and I am just itching to put ideas into practice and to learn more!”
Elaine M
"Thank you so much for the very informative and interesting course I attended last Saturday, also for the delicious lunch. I’ve certainly come home with plenty of ideas – now I just need the time, energy and vision to put them into practice!"
Geraldine G
"Sending our sincere thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable day at the Garden Design group last Saturday. You honestly made the day so interesting and I was actually amazed how much material I seemed to retain! Believe me Caroline, this is very unusual for me..... :-)"
Maggie N
"I wanted to gain some underpinning knowledge about gardening. Coming to an Open Morning convinced me that the Cotswold Gardening School was a great place to learn. I chose to do the Professional Horticulture course and this became the highlight of my week, every week, for 10 weeks! The School is an inspiring place with great facilities."
Diana M
"Very many thanks for a splendid day on Saturday. The day course was just what I was looking for and I learnt a lot – happy coincidence that we both share clay soil and so it was enlightening to discover new plants which would survive it and to be reassured that some of my choices were also yours. I appreciate the amount you packed into a day’s teaching especially on such a warm day."
Jean M

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Course Timetable 2020

Please note that courses will only run with a minimum number of people booked onto the course at least a week

before the advertised date of that course. You will be notified a week in advance if there are insufficient numbers to run

any course. In this instance you can choose either a full refund or an alternative course date.

Please be sure to leave us with contact details to reach you at that time.



Saturday 25th            Introduction to Garden Design day course

Thursday 30th           Open Morning


Saturday 29th            Planning and Planting Borders day course SOLD OUT


Monday 2nd              Six Week Professional Planting Design course

Saturday 14th            Introduction to Garden Design day course

Saturday 28th            Planning and Planting Borders day course SOLD OUT


Thursday 23rd           Ten Week Creative Planning and Planting course

 Thursday 30th           Virtual Open Morning


Friday 1st                  Twelve Week Design Your Own Garden online course

Saturday 9th              Planning and Planting Borders day course POSTPONED

Saturday 16th            Introduction to Garden Design day course  POSTPONED


Monday 1st              Twelve Week Design Your Own Garden online course

Friday 5th                  Planting Design Ideas day course   POSTPONED

Saturday 6th              Horticulture for Beginners day course  POSTPONED

Saturday 13th            Planning and Planting Borders day course POSTPONED

Friday 19th                Garden Design Ideas day course  POSTPONED

Saturday 27th            Open Morning


Tuesday 7th               Three Day Gateway to Garden Design course

Saturday 11th             Introduction to Garden Design day course


Saturday 8th               Open Morning for course information

Saturday 22nd             Planning and Planting Borders day course


Saturday 5th               Introduction to Garden Design day course  New Date

Friday 11th                  Garden Design Ideas day course

Saturday 19th              One Year Introduction to Professional Garden Design diploma course Wednesday 23rd         One Year Professional Garden Design diploma course

Friday 25th                  Planting Design Ideas day course





Saturday 3rd               Horticulture for Beginners day course  New Date

Saturday 10th             Planning and Planting Borders day course

Thursday 22nd            Introduction to Planting Plans practical day course



 Saturday 21st              Introduction to Garden Design day course


Saturday 5th                 Planning and Planting Borders day course  New Date